Extending the Geo-Inquiry Process to students outside North America

Authors: Alex Oberle*, University of Northern Iowa, Fabian Araya, Universidad de La Serena
Topics: Geography Education, Latin America, South America
Keywords: geography education, inquiry, civic engagement, Latin America, Chile
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM
Room: Granite A, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
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The Geo-Inquiry Process begins with students formulating their own geography related question and ends with taking informed action to achieve positive change. Employing both traditional and cutting-edge geographic techniques, educators across North America have successfully utilized Geo-Inquiry to enhance inquiry skills, geographic competencies, and civic engagement among middle school age students. This presentation charts the first systematic implementation of this program outside of this region, to Chile. Consisting of a cohort of pilot schools and a teacher education program, the co-authors discuss adaptations to Geo-Inquiry for a Chilean curriculum and Chile's local and national context. The presentation includes a discussion of challenges and opportunities, successes, and the project's dissemination plan that includes teacher education programs across Chile as well as means for integrating this process into other national curricula in Latin America.

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